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6437 RAF C Type flying helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF C Type flying helmet - This is an early example of the second pattern internally wired helmet so unlike many C helmets found this one would almost certainly be of wartime manufacture .
The leather shell is in good issued condition with very minor scuffing to the finish in a couple of areas. The snaps and clips for the E*, G ,or H pattern oxygen mask are all in place ; the snaps need to be treated with some respect if fitting an oxygen mask as they appear a little tender but fine for display purposes. All straps are good and the press studs are in place and working ; being an early spec helmet it features just two straps at the rear as opposed to four on post war C helmets . The rubber receiver carriers are good and firm with no splits and both are fitted with matched receivers marked with AM , Kings Crown and 10A/13466. The loom is the wider diameter wartime spec and the brown bell plug is marked 10H/10991. We have nothing here to test the avionics on so this helmet, like others offered, is for sale as a collectable only. The chinstrap is good but has lost some elasticity over the years . Inside the lining shows good honest service wear and it is named to the original owner ‘Barker’ with RAF service number 1812630. If any visitors to the site have any information on him please let us know and we can add detail to this description. One ear ‘doughnut’ has minor wear to the cover but all in all this is a good honest wartime C helmet in the condition it was in when it came out of service and no doubt it would have a story to tell . The size stamping is now indistinct but looks like 6 7/8 –7 which would make it a size 2 so RAF stores reference 22C/878. Not mint but these early examples of the second pattern C are becoming increasingly hard to find now -so grab it while you can!
6439 RFC Period Trench Art Bookshelf - Click for the bigger picture SoldRFC Period Trench Art Bookshelf - A very attractive example made from the tips of an early laminated propeller.Sadly we have no provenance with it but looking at the shape and construction of the salvaged timber we would date to WW1 Royal Flying Corps period. The bookshelf has simple clean cut lines and is in excellent condition and would make a unique and practical Christmas present for the aviation enthusiast in your life! It measures 13” long and stands 8” high (33 cm x 20 cm)

5078 Luftwaffe LKpW101 Winter flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe LKpW101 Winter flying Helmet - A classic of the standard pattern which was introduced into service in 1938 and then served throughout WW11. The brown leather leather shell is in excellent condition and still supple with a lambs wool interior lining which shows some service grub,commensurate with use. The goggle straps are good and the metal buckles and oxygen mask clips show none of the normal tarnishing or rust and are therefore likely to be the early nickel plated examples . The avionics are complete and the helmet is fitted with the early round Mi4C throat microphones coded bxo, an indication this helmet is from early production .This seems to be confirmed by the label that states the makers name Siemens rather than just a manufacturing code used on later production helmets . The helmet is fitted with a long communication cord and four-pole break coupling. A super helmet and and as a final bonus the helmet label is marked 59 making it a scarce large size which would correspond in RAF sizing to a generous size 4. This one certainly ticks all the boxes and whilst not mint and boxed it is a classic example that has most certainly seen some action . It won’t be with us long!

6378 Splitterschutzbrille Pattern Anti Splinter Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldSplitterschutzbrille Pattern Anti Splinter Flying Goggles - These came in with a small Luftwaffe collection we have recently purchased . The previous owner was sadly sold this set of second pattern Nitsche and Gunther pattern goggles as originals by an unscrupulous dealer and unfortunately this has proved an expensive exercise for him . Sadly many ‘replicas’ of this pattern are available on the market (some less generous would call them fakes) and when purchasing it is very much a case of ‘Caveat Emptor’ when considering parting with a large chunk of the collecting budget and even more so if you don’t have the goggles in your hand. Many of these replicas originated from the Czech Republic although we are told by our contacts in that country the gentleman who made them is no longer with us and production has (currently) ceased. We have no idea of the origins of this set but they have been decently executed but are let down by a less than convincing back strap . The rigid frames are excellent and on reverse they are indistinctly marked "NiGuRa" and on the opposite side is stamped a ‘2’. Excellent tinted glass convex lenses are fitted and displayed with the ‘Netzkopfhaube’ flying helmet we have just listed they look the business. So an ideal purchase for a film company or reenactor who would not want to risk using an original but equally appealing to a collector to set off a Luftwaffe flying helmet display- for the fraction of the price of the real thing. We were advised the last of the Czech production was being offered in 2012 at EU 500 so grab a bargain whilst you can!



6379 Leitz Pattern Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldLeitz Pattern Goggles - We recently bought this set with a small collection of Luftwaffe flight headgear.They are technically general purpose goggles intended for motorized troops but whilst this was their designated use they are seen in period photos being worn by Luftwaffe aircrew and a near identical pair is listed in Anders Skotte’s reference book 'Luftwaffe Flight Headgear' where he describes as ‘flight goggles’. In appearance they are often confused with Model 306 but when placed alongside they are noticeably smaller in terms of frame and lens size. The rubber cushions are 100% sound and no perishing and the stitching is perfect . The olive green alloy frames have almost all the original olive paint on them . The single screw central nose bar adjuster is marked M.W. and on opposite side is stamped 42 dating them to 1942 .The clear glass lenses fitted are exceptional and no fogging or damage.The original grey elastic back strap is fitted with correct adjusters but has lost some elasticity over the years but is fine for display purposes. Below each frame is a slide ventilation adjuster bar and really the only fault is on the right frame the adjuster end has broken off but does not notice or detract from a display point of view .The rubber face pads are stamped 18 and R on one and 28 on the other.All Luftwaffe flight goggles are getting very hard to find now so these represent an excellent alternative at an entry level price.
1648 Russian Aviators Face Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRussian Aviators Face Mask - We were advised when purchased this mask was used by airmen in exposed crew positions to insulate the face and prevent frostbite and that it dates from circa WW11. We would not profess to be experts on Soviet era flying kit so we will leave it to prospective purchasers to ascertain exactly what we have here . We have however been able to match the mask very closely with a Russian example in an aviation museum so the facts look to be correct. It does not carry a makers label to give any clues although on the elastic straps are two ink stamps but these are not very clear but we can make out a ‘40’ that might indicate a manufacturing date of 1940? The mask itself is in excellent condition and made from soft tan leather with the inside being lined with short hair fur as found on a small rodent . So if you are into Russian flight clothing (or S & M!) this one could be for you!
4798 WW11 Fighter Aircraft Antenna Radio Mast - Click for the bigger picture SoldWW11 Fighter Aircraft Antenna Radio Mast - This is particularly nice example and clearly untouched since coming out of service. Surprisingly it has no data marks on it to help with an ID but our research indicates this to be a model AN-104-A of the type fitted to the P-51 Mustang. The hardwood body is enclosed in the original aluminium sheaf which carries much of the black paint showing service wear particularly to the leading edge. The mast is drilled at the top with a small hole to carry the aerial wire, whilst at the bottom is a female connector for a coax plug to carry the signal to the aircraft radio. The only damage to it is a split in the aluminium sheath on one side only but all in all it is an extremely impressive display item. Sadly the provenance of the aerial has been lost but it must certainly have a story to tell ! Measures 32 “ ( 81 cm )
5357 RAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet - This is a fine example of an early post war helmet. Leather is very soft and retains all its original finish and the snaps are all functioning with most of the paint in place .This is a second pattern internally wired C helmet . These first entered service with the RAF ( and allies) in 1944 and was the standard issue helmet for aircrew for the rest of the war and continued post war until the first hard hat helmet was introduced in early 1950’s . The receivers are marked with AM ( Air Ministry ) and a Kings Crown and below 10A/13466.The rubber receiver carriers, often a weak point on these helmets, are very crisp and no degradation at all .The wiring loom is fitted the additional small retaining straps either side of the exit point on the rear of the helmet . A standard bell plug marked 10H/10991 is fitted and like all our stock whilst for sale as a collectable item only we have had the avionics tested and we are told these are all in good working order .The elastic chin strap has a small area of fraying but still retains elasticity. Inside the leather lining is excellent with just minor service wear .Even the inspectors AID approval mark is still visible . The size stamping on this helmet is not clear but believe we can just make out the code 879 stamped in the shell making it a fitting size 3 , the second largest size issued .These helmets in this size and condition are getting increasingly hard to find now and this one is well above the average .
1476 Trench Art Cigarette case - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrench Art Cigarette case - This example appears to have been made from aircraft alloy and has been finely worked by hand. One side features stylised flowers with a very 1930’s deco feel.The reverse carries another flower related pattern with a cartouche in the centre which may have been designed for initials or a name to be inserted but on this one it is blank. The hand made spring catch allows the case to open .Inside is an elastic strip to hold the cigarettes in place . Our feeling is this may have originated in North Africa and made by locals from wartime scrap for sale to the forces as a souvenir but it could also be an example of POW work . Either way it is an excellent example of the genre .Measures 5” x 3” ( 13 cm x 7.5 cm). Please also check out the other military cigarette cases we are listing today

4387 RAF Watch Tower Telephone - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Watch Tower Telephone - Here’s something that has more style than your i phone and exudes period charm! This is an RAF telephone clearly used in the airfield Control Tower but sadly we do not know on what base it served . The phone is the older type without a dial and dates from the days when you actually spoke to a real human being to get connected! To the front are two period notices one advising ‘In case of Fire Dial 117’ and confirms location as ‘Tower’ The other transfer advises ‘Warning Do NOT Discuss Classified Information’ , on the basis of the war time adage ‘The Walls have Ears’! The base of the instrument is stamped with various details and is over stencilled with ‘BASE COMM.’ This phone we would estimate dates from the Cold War period and is possibly early 1960’s manufacture . Looks to be in good issued condition although the receiver wire is frayed but this could easily be rewired and the fraying ‘lost’ within the unit . Like all items listed for sale on the site on offer as a collectible and we can’t warrant if it could be made operational again but would look great on an appropriate desk!
4721 RAF Staff Car Pennant - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Staff Car Pennant - These were flown from official RAF staff cars of station commanders of the rank of Wing Commander and above. It is made from woven fabric in RAF blue with an embroidered RAF roundel to the centre The left side has a reinforced loop section for the flag to be fitted on the flag pole .We are told on RAF owned staff cars the flag pole was fitted by means of a screw in base plate that was permanently attached to the vehicle . On lease cars the flag pole was attached via a magnetic base . In generally good flown condition with minor age wear . The pennant is double sided and measures 12.5 “ x 5.75” ( 32 cm x 14.5 cm ) and the roundel is about 4” diameter ( 10 cm).
5481 City of London 600 Squadron Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldCity of London 600 Squadron Plaque - Formed at Northolt in 1925 as a light bomber squadron in the Auxiliary Air Force. Blenheims arrived in January 1939 and was originally intended to operate both in the day and night role. However, the squadron soon adapted to the night fighter role and was one of the first units to use Airborne Interception radar. 600 Squadron served throughout the Battle of Britain flying from Manston ,Hornchurch and Redhill . Beaufighters replaced the Blenheims in September 1940 and it continued to operate this type until 1945.With the reactivation of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 600 was reformed on 10 May 1946 at Biggin Hill as a day fighter squadron. It was initially equipped with Spitfires followed by Meteors. It was disbanded again on 10 March 1957. 600 is the only squadron in the RAF to have two official badges, this being one of them! The plaque is mounted on a hardwood shield .Some age fading to paint but generally good used condition . Mounting screw hole to font as shown . Shield measures 7” (17 cm )
6001 RAF School of P.T. Uxbridge Course Notebook - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF School of P.T. Uxbridge Course Notebook - Despite its somewhat lacklustre cover the contents of this notebook are superb! It covers the course notes taken by J.S.Wilkinson RAF service nos 542282 who attended number 32 Qualifying Course from 2 August 1938 to 7 October . His Commander is listed as F/Lt A.F.Ingram and Chief instructor is F/O E.J.Bradbury.The course notes , that cover 117 pages, are written in a very neat copperplate script.The notes cover elementary anatomy and physiology and are interspaced with numerous drawings and diagrams including many anatomical drawings , bone structures, , muscles and circulatory system . Part 2 commences with notes relating to Athletics including further sections on Hockey, Athletics ,Football, Tennis, Rugby,Pass ball, and comprehensive notes on Boxing .The final two pages, we suspect drawn when the course was over, show a pastoral scene and we guess Pupil Wilkinson was in need of some R & R after a gruelling 2 months hard graft ! The Royal Air Force School of Physical Training was formed on the same day as the RAF, 1st April 1918, at RAF College Cranwell .The School of PTI’s one of only 2 schools ofthe same age as the RAF still in existence, the other being the Central Flying School. In 1920, the School moved to RAF Uxbridge where it remained until the Second World War. Early in the War the School was closed down - presumably because everyone thought the War would be over by Christmas and there was no need to train more PTI’s! Would make a unique gift for any modern day PTI trainee and a reminder of how things were run in the RAF 76 years ago!
4860 RAF 61 (B) Squadron Presentation Samavar - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 61 (B) Squadron Presentation Samavar - This is the second example of an RAF presentation samovar of this design we have had in . This one is finely engraved ‘No 61 ( B) Squadron Presented by Squadron Leader J.G.Macintyre 1939'. No. 61 Squadron was reformed in 1937 as a bomber squadron. In the two years before the war it was equipped with four different types of aircraft, starting with the Hawker Audax, then the Avro Anson, followed by the Bristol Blenheim and finally the Handley Page Hampden, the same aircraft flown by my late Father.The squadron went to war with the Hampden, with the first operation over Germany coming on 24 February 1940. The squadron would spend the rest of the war operating as a night bomber squadron with Bomber Command. We suspect Macintyre presented this item when he left the squadron having been posted to 44 Squadron at Helmswell . Sadly on an Op to Hamburg on 29 July 1940 his aircraft was flying at 8,000 ft over Hamburg and collided with a barrage balloon cable crashing in the target area . Whilst his crew got out and were captured he died in the crash and it is likely by staying with his crippled aircraft he enabled the crew to live;we will never know . The samovar is made from silver plate and whilst this shows a little wear it is generally in very nice condition and is complete with spirit burner and interior fittings . Measures 12” high (31 cm )


4336 WAAF WW11 Airwoman's Other Ranks Cap - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF WW11 Airwoman's Other Ranks Cap - A very crisp and increasingly hard to find example in a large 7 1/8th size and dated 1942. The cloth is in generally very good condition with just a few very minor darns and fitted with a good kings Crown brass OR badge to the front. The leather peak shows a small amount of general service wear .Inside the crown head lining is missing ( as is often the case ) but this does not detract. Interestingly under the green inside of the peak is written ACW Bolan as well as a further name ACW Allen and the number 26. Whilst no provenance was included when we purchased this cap we have found on line an ACW Boland who in 1946 stayed at her post when working as a switch girl when the building in which she was working caught fire on her base at Crosby Park , Albion. Having calmly phoned the fire brigade she returned to the blazing hut to save some office files from the inferno. We have a copy of a relating newspaper report headlined ‘WAAF Defies flames to call Brigade’ with a picture of ACW Bolan wearing her cap . This may or may not be the same one but it would be nice to think it was! With the re enactment season just getting underway this would be a great addition but it would also sit very happily within a serious WW11 RAF/WAAF collection . First WAAF cap we have had here for ages so grab it whilst you can!

6047 RAF Propeller tip relic - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Propeller tip relic - We purchased this item privately and the story handed down within the family was that it was recovered from a WW11 crash site in Yorkshire and came from a propeller fitted to an Airspeed Oxford. Whilst we can not authenticate this provenance we do have a complete Oxford propeller just in and the shape and dimensions certainly seem to conform to support this story . The tip, which is in very good condition seeing what it has been through, is made from laminated hardwood and is then covered in a doped fabric and is finished in original RAF colour of black with a yellow tip and with the benefit of a polished brass leading edge. The tip measures 16” long ( 41 cm) and 6 1/2” across at the base ( 16cm) so a perfect display size in an appropriate collection and certainly easier to post than the full sized version!
6349 Luftwaffe LKu 4 Gyro Kompass by Siemens - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe LKu 4 Gyro Kompass by Siemens - Whilst no data plate is attached we believe the model number is FL22561 and could have been fitted to the instrument panel of a range of WW11 Luftwaffe aircraft including JU-88, He-111 and Me110 . This instrument, whilst for sale as a collectors item, seems to be in good clean condition . K 126 is painted on the facia plate with makers details below and on the base it is marked ‘Bei eingedrucktem Knopf’ and ‘Kurssteuerung ausgekuppelt.’ The control knob bottom left operates the lower gyro compass card whilst the knob bottom right operates the top card. Below the compass card is a clear window containing a ball bearing which we assume is a turn and bank indicator . The ball moves freely but suspect this window would have originally contained damper oil which is now missing. The back of the instrument shows access for a power source as well as a multi pin male plug connecting point with terminals marked 1-12 . The instrument measures 5 1/4” x 4 3/4” x 6 3/4” ( 14cm x 12 cm x 16 cm deep.)


6350 RAF WW11 Floating Dinghy Knife - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF WW11 Floating Dinghy Knife - An excellent example issued as part of the larger multi place H, Q and J type survival dinghies used on multi crew aircraft . Curved stainless steel blade with rounded 'safety' end to avoid inadvertently puncturing the inflation tubes of the dinghy. . The buoyant cork handle and lanyard ensured the knife wouldn't be lost overboard. The blade is in near perfect condition and is marked with stores reference number 27C/2023 . The original lanyard is attached and shows some age staining . The knife is complete with leather scabbard and canvas backer , which carries stores reference number 27C/2024. These essential items of emergency equipment are becoming increasingly hard to find
5557 RAF First Aid Outfit for Air Crews - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF First Aid Outfit for Air Crews - This example is in near mint condition and is as issued and has never been opened, so is complete with it’s original contents . These packs were specifically issued to Aircrew and designed to slip into the field dressing leg pocket of RAF Battledress or flying suit. They were designed primarily to provide emergency treatment for burns and the contents , which is clearly detailed on the rubberised khaki fabric , includes anti- burn mittens , anti-burn jelly, wound dressings, safety pins together with instructions for use . The pack also carries a warning message stating ‘Do not use anti-burn jelly with the mittens’. The package had to be torn to open from any of the four corners . Fortunately the owner of this example never had cause to make use of it and unlike many has not been opened post war by inquisitive hands ! An identical outfit is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s excellent 'Flying Equipment of the Air War 1939-45' on page 108 . Nicely stamped with Red Cross and AM and Kings Crown property marks. Slight fading and minor stains but a scarce and complete example . Clearly for sale as a collectors item and not to be used for its original purpose. This example would grace any serious RAF collection .
2660 Air Ministry Oil Can by T.E. Bladon - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Oil Can by T.E. Bladon - A brass example with a curved spout with a threaded tip . The base of the spout is clearly stamped with the makers name T.E.Baldon (who also made oil lamps for the railways). This example carries an impressive Kings Crown and AM (Air Ministry ) property mark and is dated 1938 so was clearly used in the RAF and would have served throughout WW 11 . The reservoir of the can is accessed by a removable threaded plug on the base . On removing this we could still smell traces of the original contents .No doubt this was an essential piece of kit in an RAF 'Erk’s' tool box.Sadly no history with this one but no doubt it has a story to tell! Measures 9 ” (23 cm)
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